Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Tuesday that his country may strike the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems in Syria if they are used against Israeli jets. A recent Israeli strike on a base in Syria which killed seven Iranians, including four Quds Force officers, might have been swept under the rug by Iran, according to the author Dennis Ross, but Russia's decision to call out Israel for the strike has forced Iran's hand, increasing the likelihood of retaliation to save face.
"Now that this outrageous act of aggression was undertaken by the US, France and United Kingdom, we might think how to make sure that the Syrian state is protected", he added.
"I think that the usurper and occupying Zionist regime [Israel] will sooner or later receive the necessary responses which will make them regret their deeds".
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate Chief Sergey Rudskoy announced that Russian specialists were examining missiles of the US-led coalition captured in Syria, including Tomahawk cruise missiles, which had been handed over to the Russian military.
"Russia is ready for the closest cooperation with foreign partners" to maintain global and regional security, Putin said in the message. "If they are used against us, we will act against them", Lieberman said. However, this was only limited to Russian military bases.
The defense minister noted that Russian Federation already has its own S-300 air defense system in Syria, along with the more advanced S-400 system, and that "hasn't limited our operations".
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Russian Federation will supply Syria with new air defense systems, the RIA Novosti news agency said Wednesday, quoting General Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff.
In the days since the April 14 Western air strikes, top Russian officials have said they may reconsider a pledge Moscow gave a decade ago not to provide Syria with the S-300 system.
In February, Israel shot down what it said was an armed Iranian drone that penetrated its airspace from Syria. Syrian air defences destroyed 70 out of 100 missiles that the coalition launched.
Damascus joined the OPCW and agreed to destroy its 1,300-tonne stockpile of industrial munition, under Russia's supervision, following a US-Russian deal.
Also, the Pentagon says Syria fired 40 interceptors, meaning it's virtually impossible that 71 missiles were downed, as it takes at least one interceptor to down a missile.